You’ve seen my various bullet journaling posts each month, but something I haven’t talked about much is why I bullet journal. Very simply, it has done my mental health a world of good. Here’s a few idea of how bullet journaling can have a positive effect on your mental health. If you don’t already keep a journal, then why not have a go!
First and foremost, the creativity aspect. Getting creative, whether that be via an ‘adult’ colouring book or bullet journaling, helps you focus and relaxes your mind. You can unplug from everyday stresses and have some much-needed you time. Put on some calming music and add in a cup of tea, and you have a true form of escapism, perfect for relaxing your mind.
Bullet journaling for organisation
You know I love being organised. Bullet journals help you keep on top of tasks and events. I mean, this is good sense not just from a mental health point of view.
If you do struggle will stress or anxiety, especially when you’ve got lots to do, bullet journaling is useful. Writing down all those ‘things to do’ on paper is great for creating a visual representation of what’s going on, rather than having stressful thoughts swirling around in your head. What’s more, making yourself a checklist and ticking things off as you go along is very satisfying!
Some people like to keep track of their mental and physical health in bullet journals. At the end of the month, you can see what days went well and which didn’t and then work on improving any negative areas.
Write down your thoughts
Whilst the typical use of a bullet journal is more of a calendar, don’t forget that you can still use it as a normal journal/diary if you want. Bullet journals are versatile and customisable. If you struggle to describe your feelings to others, get them down on paper. Whether you want to rant about something which is annoying you, or make a note of the good things that occur daily to help you stay positive. Once you have something written out, you then could use that to help you talk to someone.
Another option is to make your bullet journal your ‘self-care centre’. Whether it’s keeping a list full of self-care ideas, treat ideas when you’ve reached a goal, Netflix recommendations, motivational quotes, you name it. Keep a record of everything that makes you feel better.
Have you tried bullet journaling? Do you think creativity benefits your mental health?
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